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Ellen Meaning


What does Ellen mean?

The name Ellen is of English origin.

The meaning of Ellen is "light".

Ellen is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced El-len.

The Given Name Ellen

Medieval English form of Helen.

Ellen is a form of Helen. See Helen for further details.

Ellen is a great choice for parents looking for a more popular name.

A name fit for a child full of majesty and spirit, a little pioneer.

Although often used, your attractive little Ellen, is sure to make it all her own.

Ellen falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Ellen Axson Wilson, and Ellen Barkin.

Ellen Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 770 in baby name popularity for girls with 353 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 735 in baby name popularity for girls with 383 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

Want to see how Ellen sizes up? How it compares to some other names? Then check out the Ellen Name Popularity Page.

Ellen Related Names

Ellen is a form of Helen.

Variants of the name Ellen include Ellyn, Elynn.

Ellen has the diminutives (nicknames) Elle, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly.

Famous Ellens

  • Ellen ~ 1 hurricane
  • Ellen Axson Wilson ~ U. S. First Lady (1913-1914)
  • Ellen Barkin ~ Actress
  • Ellen Burstyn ~ Actress
  • Ellen DeGeneres ~ Actress
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ~ Nobel Prize for Peace 2011
  • Ellen Muth ~ Actress
  • Ellen Page ~ Actress
  • Ellen Pompeo ~ Actor
  • Ellen Ripley ~ Alien character
  • Ellen Robillard O'Hara ~ Gone With the Wind character

Ellen Numerology

What will your new littleEllen be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Ellen Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Ellen in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Ellen.

Just for fun, see the name Ellen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Ellen in Nautical Flags page.